Lateral Epicondylitis/Extensor Tendon Injury

Clin Sports Med. 2020 Jul;39(3):657-660. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2020.03.001.


Pain over the lateral aspect of the elbow without nerve injury or elbow instability often is diagnosed as lateral epicondylitis or, colloquially, tennis elbow. It is a common complaint, seen most frequently in women between ages 40 and 60, although it is common in men too. Typical presenting symptoms include pain with prolonged wrist extension activities, pain with resisted wrist or elbow extension, and pain at rest radiating from the elbow along the dorsum of the forearm.

Keywords: Extensor carpi radialis brevis; Extensor digitorum communis; Lateral epicondylitis; Tennis elbow.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthralgia / etiology
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy
  • Elbow / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Return to Sport
  • Tendon Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Tendon Injuries / surgery
  • Tendon Injuries / therapy*
  • Tennis Elbow / diagnosis*
  • Tennis Elbow / surgery
  • Tennis Elbow / therapy*
  • Wrist / physiopathology